HSS Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 64–71 | Cite as

Musculoskeletal Sonopathology and Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia

  • Alan J. R. Macfarlane
  • Brian D. Sites
  • Vincent R. Sites
  • Ali M. Naraghi
  • Vincent W. S. Chan
  • Mandeep Singh
  • John G. Antonakakis
  • Richard Brull
Review Article

Abstract

The use of real-time ultrasound guidance has revolutionized the practice of regional anesthesia. Ultrasound is rapidly becoming the technique of choice for nerve blockade due to increased success rates, faster onset, and potentially improved safety. In the course of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, unexpected pathology may be encountered. Such anomalous or pathological findings may alter the choice of nerve block and occasionally affect surgical management. This case series presents a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that may be encountered during ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia practice.

Keywords

anesthesia ultrasound regional anesthesia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. R. Macfarlane
    • 1
  • Brian D. Sites
    • 2
  • Vincent R. Sites
    • 3
  • Ali M. Naraghi
    • 4
  • Vincent W. S. Chan
    • 6
  • Mandeep Singh
    • 6
  • John G. Antonakakis
    • 5
  • Richard Brull
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaGlasgow Royal InfirmaryScotlandUK
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterLebanonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyLahey ClinicBurlingtonUSA
  4. 4.Joint Department of Medical Imaging of University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto Western HospitalTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  6. 6.Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto Western HospitalUniversity Health NetworkTorontoCanada

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